Nestled in the limestone hills of the Peak District, Winster holiday cottages offer tranquility, stunning scenery and the chance to experience life in a traditional Derbyshire village. This former lead mining community lies in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, four miles west of Matlock. As you explore the village’s narrow streets, you’ll discover pretty former miners’ cottages clinging to the hillsides and a variety of independent businesses. In the middle of the village is the Old Bowling Green, a welcoming pub which dates back to the 1400s and serves a fine selection of local ales and meals. Nearby, Winster Village Shop sells local cheese, meat and hot drinks for thirsty walkers. Winster is home to more than 70 listed buildings, including the magnificent Old Market Hall, which dates back to the 17th century, Dower House and Winster Hall.
Self-catering holidays in Winster are a great opportunity to experience ancient traditions, such as the village’s annual pancake race, well dressings, Morris dancing, carnival and open garden days. From your holiday cottage in Winster, you’ll have easy access to some of the most dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park. This 555-square-mile expanse of limestone dales, rushing rivers and rugged moors is a paradise for walking, wildlife-watching and water-sports. The spectacular Limestone Way passes through the outskirts of the village, a challenging long-distance route which runs from Castleton through the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, all the way to Dove Valley, at Rocester. Around Winster, a series of picturesque footpaths meander their way to rugged hilltops at Cratcliffe Tor, Robin Hood’s Stride and Birchover View, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Brilliant family-friendly attractions can be found within a short distance of the village, including Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park at Matlock Bath and the show caves and cable car at the Heights of Abraham.